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Monday, January 28, 2013

37 FREE Online Art and Music Resources

Welcome to the final week of the 2013 Virtual Curriculum Fair!  This week’s topic is:  Seeking Beauty: the Arts and Everything that Brings Beauty to Our World

Virtual Curriculum Fair

This theme can include any of the arts, handicrafts, but really ANYTHING at all that adds beauty to your homeschool.

As I receive links from the other participants they will be added to the bottom of this post, so be sure to bookmark this page so you can find it later.

Last year I talked about how art can be a gateway to exploring the world.  I thought this year, rather than getting all philosophical on you, I’d focus on the practical. 

37 FREE Online Resources

for Teaching the Arts

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Note:  Go here to see the newly revised Ultimate List of 44 Free Awesome Arts and Music Resources! 

Art Appreciation and Picture Study

1.  Meet the Masters is a free to download 247 page pdf that includes all you need to introduce elementary kiddos (K-5) to history’s great painters. Includes full color prints of the masters’ works (you can print them on high quality paper or just view them on your computer), discussion questions, and art activities.

2.  The Art Project powered by Google has virtual tours of art museums around the world.

3.  Famous Paintings: Art Appreciation Lessons for Kids has been a wonderful resource for art appreciation. I ask the children to choose a picture that interests them and then we explore that artist. Includes biographical information and other works.

4.  The National Gallery of Art Kids (NGA Kids) has a plethora of interactive online activities for exploring art.

5.  Asian Education is a site devoted to the Asian arts.  You’ll find background info, videos, and lesson plans, all designed to teach the history and beauty of unique works of art.

6.  If your kiddos like mysteries, they might like A. Pintura: Art Detective, an interactive mystery story that introduces the masters through some elements of their art and images of actual masterpieces. The developers also have another art adventure called Inside Art and an interactive Artist's Toolkit where you can experiment with the "tools" artists use.

7.  Coloring pages of famous works of art.  (Warning:  pop-up ads, I recommend pre-printing for the kiddos)

8.  Enchanted Learning also has “famous” coloring pages, including several that can be colored on-line.

Art History

9.  Mark Harden's Artchive is a tremendous resource of information on art and artists

10.  Khan Academy has an impressive library of free videos for teaching art history.

11.  Free PowerPoint presentations to download on art history and architecture, plus links to more resources, including interactive activities for kids.  You’ll find presentations on ancient art, medieval art, and more.

Artist Study

12.  Nadene at Practical Pages offers free resources for artist study, including Famous Artist Wall Chart, Artist biography notebook pages, and a Famous Artist lapbook.

13.  The Notebooking Fairy offers a variety of free art related notebook pages for a range of art related topics, including Greek architecture, Impressionism, and Georgia O’Keefe copywork, plus a couple of composer pages.

Art Instruction

14.  A well-known illustrator of children’s books, Jan Brett, has a page of video drawing lessons on her site.

15.  The ABCs of Art is a series of handouts in the elements and principles of art from Awesome Artists, available both in color and in black and white.

16.  Hodgepodge has 50 free art lessons featuring chalk pastels and acrylics.

17.  Free Getting Started with Pastel Art video lessons

18.  The Virtual Instructor has over 130 video art lessons, from drawing to painting.   The owner of this site is a high school art teacher and also provides free middle school and high school lesson plans.

19.  KinderArt provides free art lesson plans including art history, architecture and various media. 

20.  Dick Blick, known for providing fine artist's tools and affordable craft supplies, has pages of free lesson plans you can download as PDFs. Some even include online video lessons.

Music Appreciation

21.  The Piano Guys---these guys simply exude joy while they play.  Highly recommended.

22.  Harmony Art Mom has a number of free art and music resources on her site, including a 6-week study of Monet and Mendelssohn, Summer Art Show printables, and high school music appreciation e-books.

23.  Free PowerPoint presentations to download on orchestra, music, composers, music theory, Peter and the Wolf, and more.

24.  Living Life Intentionally has a great (really great!) free Music Lapbook (60 pages in the file), plus additional links to resources.

Composer Study

25.  Eclectic Homeschool has put together lists of links for studying both Van Gogh and Mozart.

26.  Little Schoolhouse in the Suburbs has a composer timeline and images of famous composers suitable for coloring.

27.  Confessions of a Homeschooler has a free mini-unit on Johannes Brahms.

28.  Homeschool Notebooking has a free composer notebooking set.

29.  Homegrown Learners has a great article on putting together your own ULTIMATE composer study with links to oodles of great free resources.

30.  Classics for Kids is a free website with biographical info on composers, educational games, and more.

Music Instruction

31.  Free sheet music and music lessons (including music theory) at

32.  Keyboard and music theory lessons at Garden of Praise (you can download them as a pdf).

33.  PianoNanny has online piano lessons.

Other Fun Stuff

34.  Canon Creative Park is chock full of paper models to print and assemble, plus other craft projects. 

35.  PaperToys has a huge variety of paper models you can print, cut-out and assemble.

36.  The Toymaker also has a large selection of paper toys.

37.  Harmony Art Mom has a sketching assignment each week that your children can participate in called Sketch Tuesday

And there are plenty more out there! 

What is your favorite free online resource for teaching the arts?

Now I invite you to visit the other participants this week to see what adds beauty to their homeschools:

Homeschool Without Traditional Art by Christy @ Unexpected Homeschool

Draw What? by TechWife @ A Playground of Words

Flower Pony Tail Holders - Beginning Sewing Projects by Julie @ Highhill Education

Seeking Beauty- Virtual Curriculum Fair by Karyn @ Teach Beside Me

Creating an Artsy Homeschool, even if you're not by Erin @ Delighting in His Richness

Living with an Artsy Boy by Annette @ A Net In Time

Virtual Curriculum Fair Week 4- Seeking Beauty: The Arts and Everything That Brings Beauty to Our World by Leah @ As We Walk Along the Road

Carnival of Homeschooling HC26



  1. Okay, so THIS is a post I have to keep. What a great collection of resources!


  2. The truth is that I put the list together so that I could easily find it all. ;)

  3. WOW! this is an amazing list. I will be stashing this to look at later as well.

  4. thanks for the links. I'll be perusing them. :)

    Annette @ A Net In Time

  5. This is a great list - most of them are new to me. Thank you so much!

  6. Enjoy, as always, I recommend pre-reading any info about artists or composers before turning your kids loose---some of those people led crazy lives. ;0)

  7. Thank you-this is a really useful list. I've been looking at the Asian art for a unit we hope to do.

  8. The Asian Art site has been really a great addition to our study of the Eastern Hemisphere with Sonlight.

  9. I pinned this for use this summer. Thank you for all your work putting this list together!

  10. Thanks so much for linking to homeschooling on the cheap this week! I hope that you continue linking your fun homeschool ideas.

  11. Thank you, Kelli!
    I enjoy your weekly linkup very much---it's fun to see all the creative homeschooling ideas.

  12. I've just put a link to this in a post on my blog. A post that I expect to refer to time and again.

  13. Thank you, Sarah Elizabeth. ;)

  14. Wow! What an amazing list!! Pinned and opened 10 more tabs to check out!! Thanks!!

    Lindsey @

    Visiting from Homeschool on the Cheap.

  15. Thank you, Lindsey! I'm glad you found it helpful. ;0)

  16. This is fantastic! You get the homeschool help of the month award.


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